Jónas gratuated from The University of Iceland´s law faculty in 1988 and served as associate to the head of the District Criminal Court in Reykjavík from June 1988 to 1 August 1991 when he was appointed temporarily as district court judge to the municipalities of all five District Commissioners in Vestfirðir, entrusted inter alia with preparing the seperation between the executive and judiciary in those municipalities. Appointed head of the newly established District Court of Vestfirðir from 1 July 1992. Jónas resigned from office in August 1998, moved to Hafnarfjörður with his family, and was appointed judge at the District Court of Reykjanes. During 1998 – 2006, he specialized in family law and criminal law. Jónas moved to the District Court of Reykjavík in February 2006, focusing mainly on criminal law until late 2011 when he resigned from office due to dual residency in Iceland and Brussel where his wife, a legal expert with EFTA, was posted at that time. Jónas has been living solely in Iceland since May 2016.
Jónas became a member of the legal team of Lagastoð legal services in January 2012. He is a Supreme Court Attorney, specializing in family law, criminal law, human rights, administrative law, torts, labour law.
Associate to the District Criminal Court in Reykjavík 1988 – 1991.
District Court judge 1991 – 2011.
Supreme Court Attorney from 2012.
Education and qualifications:
Graduation from high school (Mennatskólinn í Reykjavík) 1982.
Law Degree (master´s degree) from University of Iceland 1988.
Licensed to be a district court attorney in April 2000.
Studied EU law at Lund University, Sweden, 2004-2005.
Supreme Court Attorney from January 2012.
Tutoring and other trusted appointments:
Has tutored and written articles on family law.
Representative of the Icelandic Judical Council to The Hague Conferrence on Private International Law in the field of family law 2002-1012.
Tutor in private international law at University of Reykjavík 2006.
President of The Icelandic Association in Belgium 2010-2015.
Chairman of the Icelandic Legal Aid Board from 1 September 2017.
Speaks English as first language.
Fair understanding in written Danish, Norwegian and Swedish.